Grading rubric for first philosophy papers (Winter 2011)

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Professor Dwayne Tunstall PHI 102: ETHICS GRADING RUBRIC FOR FIRST PAPER ASSIGNMENT Here is a general description of the basic elements of an excellent paper, a good paper, a borderline paper, the “needs help” paper, and a failing paper, with the corresponding grade value for each type of paper. These standards are derived from the standards for evaluating Advanced Placement exams. These standards are those expected of good pre-college students. I expect every college student to write at least a “good” paper. The Excellent Paper (15 – 14 points) Thesis: Easily identifiable, plausible, and sophisticated for papers where instructor has assigned the topic; easily identifiable, plausible, sophisticated, insightful, and very clear for papers where student has to select his or her own thesis. Structure: Evident, understandable, and appropriate for thesis. Excellent transitions from point to point. Paragraphs support solid topic sentences. Use of evidence: Primary source information used to buttress every point with at least one example. Examples support mini-thesis and fit within paragraph. Excellent integration of quoted material into sentences. Analysis: Author clearly relates evidence to “mini-thesis” (topic sentence). For papers where student selects topic, the analysis is fresh and exciting, posing new ways to think of the material.
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